Ethan Lawrence, a British actor with a verified account, was among hundreds of concerned Twitter users who ripped into WikiLeaks after the Friday afternoon proposal.
The account, which has a goal to "correct misinformation about #WikiLeaks", made little to no attempt to explain how such a database would work or what objective it would serve.
It told one Twitter user that the plan is to "develop a metric to understand influence networks based on proximity graphs". It reads like a threat to begin doxing people. A verified Twitter account is an account that has been authenticated by Twitter, meaning the social media network has confirmed the user behind the account is who they say they are.
A Twitter account associated with the controversial anti-secrecy site tweeted Friday afternoon its leadership is in talks about launching an online database containing intimate details such as family relationships and finances of all "verified" Twitter users. It wants to publish relationships that influence, not addresses.
Its unclear that whether the database wold be public or not, and the request for its answer has also not been provided by WikiLeaks.
Twitter "verifies" certain users, such as world leaders, nonprofit organizations and news outlets, with a blue check mark beside their names so that other users of the service can be confident about the posters' identities. If WikiLeaks were to make such private information about these accounts public, it could put individuals' lives at stake.
The sorts of people who are verified on Twitter vary significantly, but generally if you are a noted celebrity or public voice, you may be verified. While they applaud WikiLeaks for unmasking several illegal activities, others continue to show their disapproval by citing that this organization disrupts normal order of things and more inflicts harm than good. The verification system on Twitter was created to increase confidence that users and brands are who they say they are. They have published personal information in the past, such as social security numbers.